Crime reports

Editor’s note: Alleged crimes against persons (assault, rape, murder, etc.) will feature the + symbol. Note, this compilation of crime reports provides highlights of area criminal activity. It’s not intended to be a comprehensive overview of Southwest crime.


Oct. 28, 2:25 a.m.,
5600 block of Xerxes Avenue South

Two suspects broke into the Holiday station and stole two trays of lottery tickets. The suspects fled before police arrived. There is no description of the suspects.


Nov. 1, 1–1:06 p.m.,
3200 block of Holmes Avenue South

A 41-year-old male was inside his two-car detached garage, inside his vehicle, when he saw a male suspect enter the garage through the open overhead garage door. The suspect removed the victim’s bicycle from a hook on the wall of the garage. The victim chased the suspect who was riding the bicycle. The suspect dropped the bicycle and fled the scene on foot. The victim said he would identify the suspect, but there are no leads.


+ Nov. 3, 2:11 p.m., 52nd Street & Nicollet Avenue South

A Minneapolis Police officer came upon a fight in progress at the above address. While trying to separate the two fighting males, the officer was assaulted by one of them. The 42-year-old suspect was charged with assault of a police officer.


Oct. 28–29, 5:30 p.m.–8:30 a.m., Intersection of West 54th Street & Lyndale Avenue South

An unknown suspect climbed over a wooden fence in the rear of a business located at the above address. This gave the suspect access to an outside storage area where he took several pieces of scrap metal. The suspect left the scene sometime between the above times. There are no known suspects.

Oct. 31, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.,
200 block of West 49th Street

An 18-year-old woman reported that an unknown suspect stole her cell phone from the front pocket of her hooded jacket while she was sleeping in class. There is no suspect information.

Lowry Hill East (Wedge)

Nov. 3, 3:30–5:30 p.m.,
2400 block of Lyndale Avenue South

A 20-year-old male and a 21-year-old male were asked by the suspect to cash a check for him. After the two victims attempted to cash the check at several Wells Fargo banks and the banks would not cash it, the suspect signed over the check to the 20-year-old victim. The victim deposited the check in his account and then withdrew his own money to give the suspect. There are no leads on the suspect.

+ Oct. 31, 2–3:51 a.m.,
3100 block of Pillsbury Avenue South

A 32-year-old male was dropped off by a taxicab around 2 a.m. Shortly after, the victim was approached by two males. One of the males pointed a gun at the victim, who ran away without any loss.

Nov. 1, midnight–2:45 a.m., 29th Avenue South & Bryant Avenue South

A 22-year-old female came out of Uptown Square Apartments and noticed that the window on the passenger side of her car was broken. Her laptop and iPod were stolen from the car.

Nov. 2, noon–1 p.m.,
2900 block of Aldrich Avenue South

Medina Electric was broken into for the second time in the last two weeks. Based on the condition of the business, it appeared as though the same suspect burglarized the business the previous week. There was a security camera in use at the time of the burglary.

Oct. 28, 3:45–4:30 p.m.,
1200 block of W. 26th Street

Items were stolen from a classroom at Jefferson Elementary sometime between the above times. The 25-year-old female victim went to speak to another teacher a few classrooms down from her own and the items were gone when she returned. She assumed that a middle school student had stolen the items. There are no known suspects.


Nov. 1, 12 a.m.,
2700 block of 1st Avenue South

Minneapolis Police officers responded to a report of a burglary of a vacant building at the above address. When they arrived at the scene, they found the suspect, a 34-year-old male, inside the building. The suspect had burglary tools with him when he was arrested. He was charged with possession of the tools.

West Calhoun

Nov. 3, 9:30–10:30 p.m., 32nd Street West & West Calhoun Parkway

A 26-year-old woman was walking around Lake Calhoun with her boyfriend and her car was parked at the above intersection. When she returned to her car, the passenger side window was broken and her red purse, identification, credit cards, check cards, prescription drugs and digital camera were stolen

Crime Reports

Editor’s note: Alleged crimes against persons (assault, rape, murder, etc.) will feature the + symbol. Note, this compilation of crime reports provides highlights of area criminal activity. It’s not intended to be a comprehensive overview of Southwest crime.


Oct. 16, 2 a.m.

3400 block of Nicollet Ave. S.

An unknown suspect entered the victim’s vehicle by breaking out the right rear window, peeled back the steering column and removed the car radio.

East Calhoun

3200 block of Hennepin Ave. S.

Oct. 14, 1:30 p.m.

An officer responded to a possible apartment burglary in progress, as reported by an upstairs neighbor. Officers entered through the open front porch window that had a cut screen. No one was found inside and the front and back doors were still locked.


2700 block of France Ave. S.

Oct. 17–18, 10:30 p.m.–10 a.m.

Two cars were broken into by breaking the front passenger windows. One car was inside the victim’s unlocked detached garage and the glove box was gone through. The other car, also belonging to the victim, was also gone through and about $10 in change was taken.

Loring Heights

1800 block of 1st Ave. S.

Oct. 14, 9:30 a.m.

An unknown suspect entered the victim’s apartment and took several laptop computers.

East Isles

2800 block of Irving Ave. S.
Oct. 15, 9:09 a.m.

Officers responded to a burglary in progress at Americana Bank and found the suspect inside the building. The suspect was booked and arrested.

Linden Hills

2900 block of W. 39th St.
Oct. 20, 11:05 a.m.

Officers responded to a burglary in progress. The caller gave a good description of a male suspect who had kicked in the front door of the residence and also his avenue of escape. Officers located an individual walking the trails along Lake Calhoun that matched the description exactly. The suspect was taken into custody at gunpoint and later identified by the caller.


100 block of 59th St. E.
Oct. 15, 12:01 a.m.

A cell phone was supposedly stolen from the victim after an altercation the night before. The victim stated that she was at the suspect’s apartment when they got into a physical confrontation and her phone got left at the suspect’s apartment. The next day the victim returned to retrieve her phone and the suspect would not give it back. An officer spoke to the suspect and she said she did not have the phone, but did have a confrontation.

Lowry Hills East (Wedge)

2100 block of Lyndale Ave. S.
Oct. 15, 12:29 p.m.

Store employees caught someone at Wedge Community Co-op trying to leave the store with $45.15 worth of cheese. The suspect was charged with a misdemeanor for shoplifting.

2600 block of Lyndale Ave. S.
Oct. 14, 8 p.m.

A bicycle was stolen from bike racks just east of Common Roots Café. The victim had locked the bicycle with a heavy cable lock the night before and upon returning on Wednesday at noon, the bike was gone.


2400 block 1st Ave. S.
Oct. 20, 11:20 a.m.

The victim saw someone taking apart a refrigerator to try to get at the copper wiring and coils. The victim had just purchased the refrigerator and it was located near the back of the duplex he was renovating. When the victim confronted the suspect, the person fled in a vehicle northbound in an alley.

3700 block of Grand Ave. S.
Oct. 16, 11:42 p.m.

Two suspects broke into one of the washing machines at the residence and stole money from them. Officers were called to the scene as the theft was in progress and the two suspects fled upon their arrival.


4500 block of Nicollet Ave. S.
Oct. 20, 6:25 a.m.

A key ring containing personal and business keys was stolen from Bruegger’s Bagels. The suspect was paying for coffee at the front counter and the victim’s key ring was on the counter in front of the register. After the suspect paid for the coffee, she took the keys and left the store.